Hi everyone. I'm new to this site even though I have had Crohns for the past 23 yrs. I am hoping to find some answers and some others experiances with Crohns.
I have never had to have surgery and have been some what lucky in being in remission for quite sometime until about a month ago. I started experiencing the classic abdominal pain and some mild diarrhea. I had been taking Pentasa (400 mg x 2), Nexium, Fish oil, low dose bayer aspirin for my heart. When I began this bout my Dr. put my on Bentyl 10 mg before meals and at bedtime as needed. Worked for a while. This last weekend things flared up and by noon Monday I was in the ER for severe pain.
Usual X-rays and than a CT which showed inflammation in the small bowel in the section where they cannot scope.
Today I went to the Dr. and she decided the Pentasa wasn't working and now I have to decide whether to do Remicade or Humira. She mentioned Imuran but I'm not so sure with the side effects. To make matters worse I may be getting laid off at work thus losing my insurance. Have to talk to them before deciding what to do.
I know that there is no way to tell which will work best with out trying them, but what side effects bothered you the worse with what treatment?
Sorry for the long story
Diagnosed with Crohns in 1986. Have never had to have surgery yet.
Have the support of my lovely wife of 30 years who makes sure I stay on the right path.